4$ BATTLE OF BABS/NA, 1775 A.0.
night, and then finally withdrew towards Dig ; but at Bfcrs£oa were orertaker,
by the Yazir and a pitched battle ensued. The J& infantry, 5,000 strong, were
commanded by Sumroo, or, to give Mm his proper name, Walter Beinhard, an
adventurer wlio had first taken service under Banjit's father, Suraj Mall *
The ranks of the Imperialists were broken by his impetuous attack, and the Jats,
feeling assured of victory, were following in reckless disorder, when the enemy
rallied from their sudden panic, turned upon their pursuers, who were too scat-
tered to offer any solid resistance, and effectually routed them. They contriv-
ed, however, to secure a" retreat to Dig/f* wm^e ^e town °f Barsana, which was
then a very wealthy place, was given over to plunder, and several of the stately
mansions recently erected almost destroyed in the sear.ch for hidden treasure.
* He was a native of the Electorate of Treves and came out to India as a carpenter in the
French na^y. After serving under several natire chiefs, bat staying with none of them long, he
joined one Giegory, an Armenian, who was high in the favour of. Mir Kasim, the Nawab of Bengal.
It was af cer the fall of Koagir that he did his employer the base service of putting to death all
the English prisoners who had been collected at Patna; a deed for which his name will ever be
held in abhorrence. He next joined the Bharai-pur chief, and from him finally went over to
Kajai Khan, from whom he received a grant of the pargana of Sardhana, then valued at
aiz lakhs a year, and to whom he remained faithful for the rest of his life. He died in
1778, and was buried in the cemetery at Agra, where is also a church that he built, now disused,
adjoining the new cathedral. TheBegaoa, who had Imd with him (she is said to have been
originally a Jiaaoiiri dancing girl) was recognized as his widow and succeeded to all his estate.
In I7&1 she was received into the Catholic Church, and in 1792 married a French adventurer, a
M. Le Vais-cau. He, however, made himself so unpopular that her people revolted, under the
leadesahip of a awn of Beiiifaard*8, Zafar-yab Khin. By an artifice, tHat she practised upon her hua-
tand, the latter was induced to commit suicide, ani the disturbance waa soon after quelled by the
intervention of one of her old servants, the famous George Thomas. In 1802 Zafar-yab died?
leaving a daughter, whom the Begam gave in marriage to a Mr, Dyce, an officer in her army.
The issue was a son and two daughters, of whom the one married Captain Hoae Troup, the other
the Marquis tf Briona. The son, David Ochterlony Dyce Sombre, wa$ adopted by the Begam, and
«jttherde«tfa ia 1S389 succeeded to the estate. He married Mary Anne, the daughter of Vis-
count St. Vincent, and died at Paris, in 1651. Hia widow, in 1862, married the Hun'ble George C.
WeW Forester, who has now succeeded his brother as third Baron Forester, The Begam by her
will left to the Catholic Cathedral* of Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, and Agra, Rs» S»,000
Hi. 31 WO, Rs. 31,000, and Ra. 28,700, respectively; to the Sardhana Cathedral which 'she
beraclf had built, Ra. 95,600; to the school or seminary there, called St. John's College, Es. 95,000,
to the poor of the place Rs 47,SOQ, and to the Merath Chapel, also of her foundation, Ra. 12,500;
The AdmintaratioA of. the Sardhana endowments has for several yeaa pa»t formed the subject ol
a diapote between the Koraan Catholic Bishop of Agra, who had for Borne time acted as sole
tnsstet, and Lady Forester, who, as the Begam'a legal representative, claimi to act M a truate*
«!M : until it la settled the interest on the money cannot be drawn.
I According to local tradition, Naval Sink died some SO daya after the battle of